The villa has a fresh, young feel to it, and its unique rounded shape and clean lines make you feel like you’re gliding through the sky in a luxury cruise liner. There’s not much in the way of local Thai character in its design but the warm hospitality provided by the staff more than make up for it. The modern edges are also softened by an abundance of orchids and other tropical plants, flowers, ceramics and works of art. The master suite, especially, is about as romantic as it gets, with its double jacuzzi, petal-strewn bed and views of the lights in the valley twinkling under the tropical night sky. We were lucky enough to stay here during the Loy Krathong festival, where we were treated to a view of dozens of lanterns floating across the sky and a fireworks show over Bang Tao Bay.
We really enjoyed gazing across the tropical panorama while indulging in the home-cooked food, served with flair by the two villa cooks. Mealtimes quickly became the most anticipated part of our day! Our favourite was the Isaan (north-eastern Thailand) themed dinner with som-tam (spicy papaya salad), laab gai (chicken with lime, chilli and fresh herbs), moo yang (grilled pork) and sticky rice. Servings are generous, especially at breakfast, so be warned: a few extra laps of the pool might be in order afterwards!